Clamber Hill Inn & Restaurant

111 North Main Street, Petersham, Massachusetts 01366
Innkeeper(s): Mark & Deni Ellis
  • Clamber Hill Inn and Restaurant is a 1920s European-style country estate.

    Clamber Hill Inn and Restaurant is a 1920s European-style country estate.

  • We have something special to offer in every season.

    We have something special to offer in every season.

  • French Toast with fresh Strawberries --on of the many Chef's Breakfast Specials

    French Toast with fresh Strawberries --on of the many Chef's Breakfast Specials

  • Farm fresh eggs are always an option at Clamber Hill

    Farm fresh eggs are always an option at Clamber Hill

  • Dogs are welcome at Clamber Hill

    Dogs are welcome at Clamber Hill

  • Petersham is a picturesque New England town.

    Petersham is a picturesque New England town.

  • The Clamber Hill Restaurant --decked out for the Holiday Season

    The Clamber Hill Restaurant --decked out for the Holiday Season

  • Introduction

    A 1920s European-style country estate, the Clamber Hill Inn & Restaurant sits in the heart of our peaceful, secluded 33-acre woods, just minutes from the Quabbin Reservoir. Located in North Central Massachusetts' pristine forests - known for their dramatic seasonal color changes - not only is The Inn a haven for "leaf peepers" in the fall, but has something special to offer in every season.

    Furnished with antiques, original artwork and Oriental carpets collected by the Innkeepers during their travels, the Inn is a comfortable and relaxing retreat. Common rooms include our elegantly furnished library and a comfortable sitting room - both with fireplaces. The Inn also offers enjoyable outdoor spaces for the nature enthusiast, our Wisteria Terrace and Sunset Flagstone Patio in addition to perennial gardens and woodland trails. Guest accommodations include a tastefully decorated suite with four-poster bed, private sitting rooms with sofas, desks and working fireplaces, and three spacious double rooms with queen size beds. Each room has a unique and individual character; guests may select the European Suite, the Oriental Room, the Nautical Room or the Equestrian Room. All accommodations have private baths and air-conditioning.

    Breakfast at Clamber Hill Inn & RestaurantBreakfast is a gourmet delight and includes items like fresh fruit, hot apple crisp, homemade cinnamon rolls, Belgian waffles with fresh strawberries, peach stuffed French toast and wild blueberry pancakes made with Clamber Hill blueberries. Traditional breakfast fare is available upon request.

    The vacationer may enjoy strolling through the woods and gardens on the estate or taking advantage of the nearby opportunities for golfing, swimming, fishing, canoeing, biking, hiking, or bird watching. Cross-country skiing and snow shoeing are available in the winter months.

    The Inn is the perfect place for a romantic getaway - disappear up the tree-lined drive and leave your cares behind. The Inn's accommodations, dining facilities, liquor license, conference facilities, Internet access, fax and copier make it equally appealing to the businessman or woman seeking superior accommodations in the Athol/Orange and Gardner areas.

    Breakfast at Clamber Hill Winter at Clamber Hill

    "What a gem! Built as a summer house by the mayor of Springfield in the era when this was a fashionable summer resort, this shingled 1920s mansion is one of the state's most elegant B&Bs." --Chrisina Tree, Massachusetts, An Explorer's Guide

    "For a lovely oasis in the northern part of the country, stay at The Clamber Hill Inn & Restaurant, a bed-and-breakfast in an estate like stone-and-shingle "cottage" set in woodlands carpeted in beds of fern." --Barbara & Stillman Rogers
    Massachusetts, Off the Beaten Path, A guide to Unique Places

    We were Yankee Magazine's Editor's Choice in 2005!

  • Clamber Hill Restaurant

    Reservations Required 978-724-8800.


     The Inn operates a small intimate restaurant, open to the public on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 to 8 pm.

    Our restaurant provides the perfect setting for life's celebrations big and small, everything from simply starting the weekend off right to special Birthday and Anniversary celebrations.

    Serving American Cuisine with a European flair, the Menu is deliciously diverse. Each and every item, all appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts, is made on premises by Chef Mark Ellis, from the finest and freshest ingredients available.

    Our desserts vary according to season with such items as Strawberry Shortcake in the spring, Key Lime Pie in the summer and Apple Pie in the fall. Our Chocolate Decadent Brownie, pictured above is the all time favorite and almost always available.

    Specialty coffees (espresso, cappuccino and latte) and International Coffees provide the perfect finishing touch.

    The Inn offers a premium bar, an eclectic variety of high quality bottled beers and a small but premium wine list. Our wines are carefully selected to match our food and typically have Wine Spectator ratings from the mid-80's to low 90's. They are sourced from Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, in addition to California. Our by the glass offerings give you a chance to explore new and interesting wines.

    Our service is also European Style, personalized with a relaxed and unhurried pace to create a truly enjoyable dining experience in a secluded romantic setting.

    If you have food allergies please let your waitress know, we can easily accommodate most customers with special needs.

    The Inn is offering a series of prix fixe wine pairing dinners this year, Third Thursday Wine Pairings at Clamber Hill, featuring cuisine from various European countries. Recipes Mark and Deni experienced and collected during their years in Europe.

    The Inn also offers special menus for the different holidays. Check our special holiday menus --Thanksgiving, New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day will be offered this winter. We also offer banquet dining (lunches or dinners) for small groups (6 to 20 guests) any day of the week with advanced arrangement and menu selection. This private dining is a popular with local businesses and for birthday, anniversary, retirement or holiday celebrations!

  • Kid Friendly

    Children are welcome at the Inn at Clamber Hill under parents' supervision.

  • Pets Welcome

    Our dogs




    Dogs are welcome for an additional charge.
    With 33 acres of gardens, woods and hiking trails, the Inn is the perfect place to take a vacation that your dog will enjoy also. Please call for more details.

  • Grounds and Activities

    The woods and water A picnic setting

    With The Inn's 33 wooded acres, guests may choose to stay close by to enjoy the change of seasons. What better location than Petersham! Over 4,000 acres of protected woodlands are made available for public enjoyment. Avid "leaf-peepers" and bird watchers will want to reserve early to ensure accommodations. The Inn is conveniently located near fresh-water swimming, bird-watching, hiking, bicycling, golf, and in the winter, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. For downhill skiers, Mt. Wachusett is less than 30 minutes away.

    One mile from The Inn, golfers will find a rare gem of golf course design--a nine-hole Donald Ross course at the Petersham Country Club. Visitors and groups are always welome. Let us know and we'll make arrangements for you. The Club and course are open April through October.

    The woods and water


    Not to be missed is Harvard University's forestry research center and Fisher Museum less than three miles from The Inn. The 3,000-acre Harvard Forest offers trails for hiking and horseback riding, and a natural history learning trail. The Fisher Museum with its 23 lifelike dioramas, multimedia forestry and ecology presentations, and collection of colonial-era artifitcts is a must-see. The Museum is open year-round.

  • How to Find Us

    Drive at Clamber HillThe Inn at Clamber Hill is located on Mass. Route 32 in Petersham, at the intersection of Rt. 32 and Rt. 101, one mile north of the historic, picturesque town common.

    Pertersham is 35 miles northwest of Worcester, 70 miles from both Boston, MA and Hartford, CT and 120 miles north of New York City.

    The Inn is within easy reach of three major highways: just five miles south of Rt. 2 at Exit 17; approx. 20 miles north of Mass. Pike (I-90) Palmer Exit; and 30 miles east of I-91's Greenfield Exit. Detailed directions and maps are provided with your confirmation letter.

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